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The Laramie Railroad Depot Launches Completely Revamped Website That Features New Train Webcams, History, and More

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The Laramie Railroad Depot Launches Completely Revamped Website That Features New Train Webcams, History, and More

Laramie, Wyoming – The Laramie Railroad Depot, a national historic place and hub for the community, just announced the launch of its newly designed website at www.laramiedepot.org. The completely revamped website features two new live webcam feeds of the rails, a full history of the Depot and heritage park, public online railroad archives, an easier way to book museum tours, and a general improved functionality. The Laramie Railroad Depot worked closely with Allison Pluda of Seneca Creek Studios, a local photography and design studio also located in historic downtown Laramie, to re-design the website to better serve the community and highlight the unique gem the Depot already is, both historically and culturally. “I am honored to be able to create a new website for the Laramie Railroad Depot, especially since personally I have had so many great memories over the years at the Depot from art exhibitions to fundraising events,” said designer Allison Pluda of Seneca Creek Studios. “It feels good to be able provide a better website experience for such a unique and valuable asset to downtown Laramie.”   The new website is launched just in time before Union Pacific’s historic steam locomotives, Big Boy No. 4014 and the Living Legend No. 844, will be stopping at the Depot this month to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the transcontinental railroad’s completion. View the schedule and times of when both trains will be at the Laramie Historic Railroad Depot on their new website www.laramiedepot.org.   The Laramie Railroad Depot’s new website will be regularly updated with news and events. Visitors and train enthusiasts alike are encouraged to explore the new website, read about the Depot’s history, and sign up for the Laramie Railroad Depot’s new mailing list as well to receive direct emails.   About the Laramie Railroad Depot The Laramie Railroad Depot was built in 1924 to replace the town’s original Union Pacific Depot/Hotel that was destroyed by fire in 1917. It served as Laramie’s Union Pacific passenger depot until 1971 and as an Amtrak depot until 1983. In 1985, the Union Pacific Railroad gave the Depot to the Laramie Plains Museum, which then transferred ownership to the Laramie Railroad Depot Association in 2009.   The Depot is the only remaining building left from the once large Union Pacific presence in Laramie and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1988. The railroad is the reason for the City’s original existence, and the Depot is an important part of Laramie’s historic legacy.   The building houses a museum of railroad memorabilia and is used for various community functions such as music concerts, art exhibits and public meetings. The building is also used to raise revenue to maintain itself through rentals for weddings, banquets and other events.   To learn more about Laramie Railroad Depot, or to browse the brand-new website, please visit: www.laramiedepot.org.   Contact Information: Laramie Historic Railroad Depot PO Box 623 Laramie, Wyoming 82073 (307) 399-7345 laramiedepot.org info@laramiedepot.org About Seneca Creek Studios Seneca Creek Studios is a full time and full service fine art nature and portrait photography and visual marketing and design studio with over a decade of experience based in historic downtown Laramie, Wyoming. Owner and artist Allison Pluda started Seneca Creek Studios in 2007 and over the last decade she...

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Go check out Ames Monument!

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Go check out Ames Monument!

Many locals and visitors a like know about exploring and climbing at Vedauwoo or hiking in Curt Gowdy State Park during the warmer summer months. What some might not be aware of is Ames Monument. While Ames Monument might not have as much to look at or to do as the Vedauwoo and the state park, it is still something everyone should check out! Ames Monument is an impressive structure standing in basically the middle of nowhere. The pyramid like formation stands 60-feet tall and was erected in honor of brothers Oliver and Oakes Ames. The monument was built by the Union Pacific Railroad Company in 1882 to pay tribute to the brothers who were absolutely instrumental in getting the Transcontinental Railroad built. The monument was built on the highest elevation (8,247 feet) of the original transcontinental route. Ames Monument can be found off of the same exit as Vedauwoo, just in the opposite direction. As you are headed east in the direction of Cheyenne, Wyo., take exit 329. You will them take a right turn towards the monument (there is a sign), then just follow the road until you see the monument. It will be hard to miss due to the height and size. We would highly recommend checking the monument out during the few warmer months we get each year. It has interesting history and is surprising to see, because you would have never guessed it was there by just looking off the Interstate. Enjoy the summer and exploring in and around Laramie,...

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